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Oct 20, 2018

Baby Bow Hat and Booties

LOOM: KB Baby-Knit Looms

YARN:  Approx 110 yds of worsted weight merino wool yarn. Red Heart Chic yarn, 1 skein (less than 1 skein used) in Mai Tai, and Linen (about 30 yds), used in sample.

NOTIONS:  knitting tool, tapestry needle

GAUGE: 11 sts and 16 rows = 2”

SIZE:  Hat and booties recommended for 0-3months

 

ABBREVIATIONS

Approx=approximate

k=knit stitch. May substitute with u-stitch.

p=purl stitch

st(s)=stitch(es)

rnd(s)=round(s)

mc=main color (pink)

cc=contrasting color (off white)

sl=slip (skip the peg with yarn towards back of peg)

w&t=wrap and turn

INSTRUCTIONS

Hat

With MC, cast on 56 sts, green loom, prepare to work in the round.

Rnd 1-8: *k2, p2; rep from * to end.

Next 4 rnds: k to end. Cut MC, join CC.

Next 6 rnds: k to end. Cut CC, join MC.

Next 26 rnds: k to end.  (Piece measures approx 5.5 inches from cast on edge.)

Next 4 rnds: *k2, p2; rep from * to end.

Remove with modified gather bind off.

Weave ends in.

Bow

With MC, cast on 12 sts, prepare to work a flat panel.

Row 1: k to end.

Row 2: p to end.

Repeat Row 1-Row 2: 18 more times (20 total rows).

Bind off with basic bind off method.

Bow Loop

With CC, cast on 6 sts, prepare to work a flat panel.

Row 1-10: Sl 1, k to end.

Bind off with basic bind off method.

Mattress stitch the Bow Loop to the hat by aligning it to the first row of the CC color band and to the last row of the CC color band.

Booties
(Make 2)

With MC, cast on 24 sts, with purple loom, prepare to work in the round.

Rnd 1-4: *k2, p2; rep from * to end.

Rnd 5-8: k to end. Cut MC, join CC.

Rnd 9-11: k to end. Cut CC, join MC.

Next 6 rnds: k to end.

Create a short row heel over 12 stitches (see below for short-row heel instructions).

Continue working in the round.

Next 14 rnds: k to end of rnd.

Create a short-row toe over 12 stitches (follow same instructions as for heel).

Remove with Kitchener Stitch.

Weave ends in.

Little Bows

Using the chain stitch, make a chain with 60 crochet chains. Bind off. Make a small bow with the chain. Secure the bow tightly to the contrasting color band of the bootie.

Short-row heel over 12 stitches

Heel

Work heel in short-rows over the first 12 stitches.
Place a peg marker on peg 1 and peg 12.

Knit from 1-11.  W&T 12.

Knit from 11-2.  W&T 1.

Knit from 2 -10.  W&T 11.

Knit from 10-3.  W&T 2.

Knit from 3-9.  W&T 10.

Knit from 9-4.  W&T 3.

Knit from 4-8.  W&T 9.

Knit from 8-5.  W&T 4.

(Note: The following increase rows will require working all previous wraps and stitches together as one as the pegs are knit and w&t’d. This can be up to 2 wraps and a stitch worked as one.)

Knit from 5-9.  W&T 10.

Knit from 9-4.  W&T 3.

Knit from 4- 10.  W&T 11.

Knit from 10-3.  W&T 2.

Knit from 3 -11.  W&T 12.

Knit from 11-2.  W&T 1.

Pegs 1 and 12 have two wraps and the stitch. On the first round of the sole and foot, work the pegs with the extra wraps together with the stitch.

Foot: Begin working in the round once again.

Modified Gather Bind Off Instructions

Cut 2 pieces of yarn that are approximately 24 inches long.

Thread tapestry needle with one of the pieces of yarn. Remove all the purl stitches onto the piece of yarn.

Thread second piece of yarn and remove all the knit stitches from the loom.

Locate the first piece of yarn and cinch the purl stitches tightly close.

Locate the second piece of scrap yarn and cinch it all the knit stitches.

Tightly weave all tail ends to the wrong side of the hat.

 

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Aug 17, 2018

Zippy 2-hour Baby Blanket

 

LOOM: (4) Zippy Looms, and  Corners, 20 pegs total, or Zippy Master Set.

YARN:  2 balls of Mainstay Chunky Yarn used in sample.  Approx. 64 yds. super bulky yarn.

NOTIONS:  Knitting tool, crochet hook

GAUGE:  3.5 sts x 5 rows = 4”

SIZE:  26” wide x 27” long

 

 

INSTRUCTIONS
Assemble (4) Zippys and (4) Corners in a square, total 20 pegs.

Mark the first peg with a stitch marker. Cast on 20 pegs and prepare to work as a flat panel.

Video: Cast On Stitches

After casting on to peg #20,  reverse direction and knit row 1. Knit from peg #20 to peg #1.

Row 1: Ewrap knit to the end of row.

Video: Ewrap Knit Stitch
Repeat Row 1 until end of yarn ball. Then tie on 2nd ball of yarn, and repeat process.
Knit until 24” of yarn remains.

Bind off stitches.

Video Bind Off Stitches

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Aug 13, 2018

Squishy Soft Baby Blanket

LOOM:  136 peg knitting loom in small gauge. Recommend: 38” knitting loom with 2 peg extender, or 28” with peg extenders.

YARN:  Approx 820 yds of worsted weight yarn. Lion Brand LB Collection Cashmere Yarn was used in sample in color

NOTIONS:  Knitting tool, and tapestry needle.

GAUGE: 16 sts and 22 rows  = 4 inches in stockinette.

SIZE: 32″ x 40″

As soon as I touched this yarn, I knew that I wanted to create something soft and beautiful for my little one to cherish. Our team members have nicknamed this yarn “squishy” as all you want to do is wrap yourself in its softness.

ABBREVIATIONS

Approx=approximately

k=knit stitch

p=purl stitch

CO=Cast on

BO=Bind off

st(s)=stitch(es)

cdd=centered double decrease. Over 3 pegs. Move loops to the sides to the center peg. Example: Peg 3-Peg 2- Peg 1, move loop from peg 1 to peg 2.  Move loop from peg 3 to peg 2. When working the centered peg, treat all loops as one loop.

yo=yarn over

INSTRUCTIONS

Cast on 136 sts, prepare to work a flat panel.

Row 1: k to end of end.

Row 2: p to end of end.

Repeat last two rows, 9 more times (20 rows total).

Row 21: k3, *k1, yo, k3, cdd, k3, yo; rep from * to last 3 sts, k3.

Row 22: p3, k130, p3.

Row 23: k3, *k2, yo, k2, cdd, k2, yo, k1; rep from * to last 3 sts, k3.

Row 24: p3, k130, p3.

Row 25: k3, *k3, yo, k1, cdd, k1, yo, k2; rep from * to last 3 sts, k3.

Row 26: p3, k130, p3.

Row 27: k3, *k4, yo, cdd, yo, k3; rep from * to last 3 sts, k3.

Row 28: p3, k130, p3.

Repeat Rows 1-28 until panel measures approximately 34 inches from cast on edge (about 10 total repeats of Rows 1-28), ending on a Row 28.

Repeat Rows 1-20.

Bind off with basic bind off method. Weave all ends in. Steam block.

The lace stitch pattern used in this baby blanket, is the same one used for the Baby Buttercup Skirt shown in this video.

Isela Phelps, known in the loom knitting community as “Purling Sprite”. She is the author of the best-seller loom knitting series, Loom Knitting Primer.  She maintains a blog at purlingsprite.com

Have questions or comments for Isela? Feel free to leave a comment below!

7 Comments

  • I have tried 5 times to do this pattern and every single time my stitches are too tight. I have made the ultra loose but they still seem to be too tight. Any suggestions?

  • What yarn are you using? The yarn that was used in this pattern is a natural yarn so it has inherent elasticity. The sample knitted also knitted the stitches loosely. What knit stitch are you using? If you are using the flat stitch or u-stitch, try the true knit stitch instead.

  • I would love to make this blanket for my great-grandson for his baptism.I am new to loom knitting but am a fast learner. Can I knit this on the Afghan loom?

  • Absolutely! The gauge may vary slightly, but you should be able to knit it on that loom.

  • I would like to make this blanket what yarn can I substitute it with?

  • Isela, This is a ? about the Autumn Slouch hat. The last instructions say repeat rows 13 and 14 which is 10 and 11 If I understand correctly, I now have 3 YO and the next round is
    K2tog. It seems like to get the 2 extra elongated stitches off the loom I am missing a knit or purl row ?

    Thanks for your help Betty

  • Any other that has a nice drape to it, typically one with a natural fiber.

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Jun 29, 2018

Baby Buttercup Skirt

Designed by Isela Phelps

My inspiration for this little skirt is clear, it is my little darling girl. Lately, I have been dreaming up little knits for her to wear. 

LOOM: orange loom from Premium Round Loom Set, 80 pegs

YARN:  approx 140 yards of worsted weight mercerized merino wool. Red Heart Chic Sheep in Green Tea

NOTIONS: knitting tool, tapestry needle, crochet hook size H (to crochet the chain to use to cinch the skirt)

GAUGE: 9.5 sts x 15 rows= 2 inches in stockinette

SIZE: 6-12 months

NOTE: Stitch pattern is over 10 stitches, to make a smaller/larger size, use a knitting loom with a multiple of 10 pegs

ABBREVIATIONS

approx=approximately

k=knit stitch or u-stitch (not ewrap)

p=purl stitch

cdd=centered double decrease. Over 3 pegs. Move loops to the sides to the center peg. Example: Peg 3-Peg 2- Peg 1, move loop from peg 1 to peg 2.  Move loop from peg 3 to peg 2. When working the centered peg, treat all loops as one loop.

yo=yarn over

rnd(s)=round(s)

st(s)=stitch(es)

INSTRUCTIONS

Skirt

Cast on 80 sts, join to work in the rnd.

Rnd 1 and Rnd 3: k to end of rnd.

Rnd 2 and Rnd 4: p to end of rnd.

Rnd 5: *k1, yo, k3, cdd, k3, yo; rep from * to end of rnd.

Rnd 6: k to end of rnd.

Rnd 7: *k2, yo, k2, cdd, k2, yo, k1; rep from * to end of rnd.

Rnd 8: k to end of rnd.

Rnd 9: *k3, yo, k1, cdd, k1, yo, k2; rep from * to end

Rnd 10: k to end of rnd.

Rnd 11: *k4, yo, cdd, yo, k3; rep from * to end

Rnd 12: k to end of rnd.

Rep Rnd 12: until panel measures approx. 7-inches from cast on edge.

Next 5 rnds: *k2, p2; rep from * to end

Bind off with basic bind off method.

 

Tie

Crochet a chain that is approximately 22 inches in length.

Assembly

Pass the chain through the ribbing section of the skirt, skipping over the purl stitches (see pictures below). Make a knot at each end of the crochet chain.

Weave all ends in, block lightly.

 

 

4 Comments

  • What a cutie pie! The perfect model for this adorable little shirt. Question, the 80 peg loom you are referring to, what is the gauge?
    TYIA
    Cathie

  • It is small gauge.

  • A question that I hope you can answer here even thou it is not about this beautiful skirt
    I was wondering if you have made video 3and 4 on the new sock loom and if so where can I find it
    Thanks

  • No, I haven’t gotten to it yet.

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Apr 9, 2018

Baby Blanket

LOOM: ‘Rotating’ Double Knit Loom, used as a single knitting, outside rail only.

YARN: Caron Simply Soft in Soft Pink 315 yds skein (2 skeins).

NOTIONS: tapestry needle, stitch holder.

GAUGE: 4 stitches and 6 rows to 1″ of pattern.

SIZE: 28″ x 34″

ABBREVIATIONS

Ew= ewrap knit stitch
P= purl stitch
K2tog= knit two together
Yo= yarn over

NOTES

Blanket is made by creating two panels and sewing them together at the inside seam.

Skip the first stitch of every row to create a nice even edge.

(k2tog, yo)
Lift the stitch on the left peg and hold,
move the stitch from the right peg and place on the left peg, take the stitch you are holding and place back on the left peg just above the stitch you just moved, ewrap the left peg and knit the two bottom stitches over treating them both as one, lay your working in front of the empty peg to create the yarn over.

(yo, k2tog)
Lift the stitch on the right peg and hold,
move the stitch from the left peg and place on the right peg, take the stitch you are holding and place back on the right peg just above the stitch you just moved, lay your working in front of
the empty peg to create to yarn over, ewrap the right peg and knit the two bottom stitches over treating them both as one.

INSTRUCTIONS

(Left Side)
Ewrap cast on 47 pegs (left to right) prepare to work as a flat panel.

Row 1: purl row

Row 2: ewrap knit row

Repeat rows 1&2 for 9 rows ending on a purl row.

Row 10: ewrap knit row

Row 11: ew42, p3, ew1

Row 12: ewrap knit row

Row 13: ew42, p3, ew1

Row 14: ewrap knit row

Row 15: ew42, p3, ew1

Row 16: ew3 (ew2, k2tog, yo, w3) end on ew1.

Row 17: ew42, p3, ew1

Row 18: ew3 (ew1, k2tog, yo, ew1, yo, k2tog, ew1) end on ew1.

Row 19: ew42, p3, ew1

Repeat rows 10-19 fourteen more times.

Row 160: ewrap knit row

Row 161: ew42, p3, ew1

Row 162: ewrap knit row

Row 163: ew42, p3, ew1

Row 164: ewrap knit row

Row 165: purl row

Row 166: ewrap knit row

Row 167: purl row

Row 168: ewrap knit row

Row 169: purl row

Row 170: ewrap knit row

Row 171: purl row

Row 172: ewrap knit row

Row 173: purl row

Bind off with basic bind-off method. Weave in ends.

(Right Side)
Ewrap cast on 47 pegs (left to right) prepare to work as a flat panel.

Row 1: purl row

Row 2: ewrap knit row

Repeat rows 1&2 for 9 rows ending on a purl row.

Row 10: ewrap knit row

Row 11: p3, ew43

Row 12: ewrap knit row

Row 13: p3, ew43

Row 14: ewrap knit row

Row 15: p3, ew43

Row 16: (ew2, k2tog, yo, ew3) end on ew4

Row 17: p3, ew43

Row 18: (ew1, k2tog, yo, ew1, yo, k2tog, ew1) end on ew4

Row 19: p3, ew43

Repeat rows 10-19 fourteen more times.

Row 160: ewrap knit row

Row 161: p3, ew43

Row 162: ewrap knit row

Row 163: p3, ew43

Row 164: ewrap knit row

Row 165: purl row

Row 166: ewrap knit row

Row 167: purl row

Row 168: ewrap knit row

Row 169: purl row

Row 170: ewrap knit row

Row 171: purl row

Row 172: ewrap knit row

Row 173: purl row

Bind off with basic bind-off method. Weave in ends.

Finishing
Using mattress stitch, sew left side and right side together. Weave ends in and block lightly.

7 Comments

  • Love this blanket .TFS

  • This is a question.can I make this blanket on the 28inch AIO loom oppose to stitching them together? I would like to make a larger blanket for my new granddaughter coming in July.

  • Yes this blanket can be made on the All-in-One loom. This blanket pattern was made for the Rotating Double Knit Loom so you could see what other projects possibilities could be done.

  • Can you do this blanket with casting on 52 pegs working as a flat panel? Also, can I use weight 3 to do blanket or will it be too small of a weight? Thanks Denice. Your videos are great!

  • My question is, after I have done the E wrap cast on, for Row 1(Purl) am I going counterclockwise for that first row and then row two is clockwise? Love the pattern, it’s my first time using the double rotating loom. Thanks in advance for your time.

  • The pattern is worked as a flat panel. You work back and forth.

  • The pattern is wrote with the maximum amount of pegs that can be used on this loom. If you decided to go with a thinner weight yarn it would be to lacy of this project.

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Mar 20, 2018

Preemie Loom Knit Hat

 

Designed by Isela Phelps

Recently, we were contacted by a group who wanted to loom knit preemie hats for a hospital. We realized that we do not have any patterns on our website to fill this need, so we got to work right away and here it is, this size seems to fall right in the middle of the chart. We hope you enjoy the pattern. 

Important guideline when knitting items for babies: cotton is a good option for baby knits, wools may create allergic reactions and/or even asthma. Keep your stitches as tight and small as possible–small enough that little fingers cannot get caught in them. Avoid any sort of extra embellishments–they can fall off and baby can accidentally eat them. Wash all your items with dye-free, deodorant free detergent, do not use a dryer sheet when drying (typically, you will want to lay your items to dry flat to extend the life of the knitwear). After item is dry, check to make sure all the tail ends are still securely woven in. 

Preemies vary in size, some of them have small heads, as big as an apple, others are a little bigger. 

Knitting loom: His and Her Sock Looms, purple sock loom with 64 pegs was used in sample. To make a smaller preemie hat, use the orange sock loom (56 pegs).

Yarn: Approx 70 yds/21g of fingering weight cotton-merino blend. Sample was worked with Viking Bjork Cotton Merino (90% cotton, 10% merino) 50g/164yds in color 520 (pale pink).

Notions: knitting tool

Gauge: 13.5sts x 23= 2 inches in stockinette (with u-stitch).

Size: 9-inch in circumference, 5-inch length. It should fit up to an 11-inch circumference head.

Abbreviations

k=knit stitch. May substitute with u-stitch.

p=purl stitch

INSTRUCTIONS

Cast on 64 sts, join to work in the round. Sample used the ewrap cast on.

Round 1-10: *k2, p2: repeat from * to end of round.

Round 11: k to end of round.

Repeat Round 11: until item measures approximately 4.5 inches from cast on edge (it will grow to 5 inches once you block and set the stitches).

Next 3 rounds: *k2, p2; rep from * to end of round.

Bind off: Cut a piece of yarn that is approximately 16 inches in length, remove all the purl stitches onto this piece of yarn. Cut a second piece of yarn about 16 inches in length, remove all the knit stitches from the loom. Locate the first piece of yarn and cinch the purl stitches close. Locate the second piece of scrap yarn and cinch it all the knit stitches. Tightly weave all tail ends. Block to set the stitches.

Have questions or comments for Isela?  Feel free to leave a comment below!

 

 

 

1 Comment

  • Is there a video for the shawlette from several months ago?

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Dec 22, 2017

Baby Stroller Blanket

Loom knit a gorgeous baby blanket in the perfect size for a stroller or car seat. A simple stitch pattern gives it texture through out.

LOOM:  28″ Loom + peg extenders
YARN:  Approx 500 yards of Aran weight merino wool, alpaca, donegal tweed mix yarn. Sample was worked with City Tweed HW in Obsidian, 3 skeins (164yds/150, 100g/3.53oz).
NOTIONS:  tapestry needle, row counter (optional)
GAUGE:  10 sts x 18 rows=2 inches in stockinette
SIZE:  25” long  x 26” wide

ABBREVIATIONS
k=uwrap knit
p=purl
st(s)=stitch(es)
Rep=Repeat
Approx=Approximate
SPECKLED STITCH PATTERN
4 st repeat +3
Row 1: k3, p1; rep from * to last 3 sts; k3.
Row 2: k to end.
INSTRUCTIONS
Cast on 131 sts, prepare to work a flat panel.
Row 1, 3, 5, 7: k to end of row.
Row 2, 4, 6, 8:p to end of row.
Row 9: k4, *k3, p1; rep from * to last 7 sts, k to end.
Row 10: p4, k to last 4sts, p4.
Rep Row 9 and Row 10: (108 times) until item measures 25 inches from cast on edge (216 rows).
Rep Rows 1-8
Bind off with basic bind off method. Weave all ends in. Block if necessary.

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Dec 10, 2017

Chunky Tube Scarf

By Ace Beorchia

LOOM: Zippy Loom (2) and straight connectors (2)

YARN: 2 skeins super-bulky yarn-32 yards (72g) each skein. Sample used Knit Picks Tuff Puff in Sky (Color A) and Silver (Color B), 1 skein of each color.

SIZE: 2.25″ W x  desired length. (Sample is 60″ long.)

Crank out those last minute Christmas gifts with this super quick knit! This pattern is perfect for the kids AND adults in your life.

ABBREVIATIONS

k= knit  sts=stitches

 

 

INSTRUCTIONS

Cast on 8 sts, prepare to work in the round.

Row 1-5: k to end of row in color A.

Row 6-10: k to end of row in color B.

(Note: To simplify switching colors, after completing the last stitch on row 5, pull the scarf taut through the center of the loom and begin row 6 with color B (without cutting color A). Make sure the working strand from color A remains inside the tube as rows 6-10 are worked in color B. When starting row 11 [or the first row of any color switch], tighten both working strands and work the stitches using the opposite color. Continue this process at each change in colors to prevent loose ends.)

Rep Rows 1-10 ten times, or until item measures desired length from cast on row.

Bind off with basic bind off method.

Attach 5” tassels to the end of both sides of the scarf.

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Jun 29, 2017

Elephant Baby Blanket (double knit)

Everyone loves the circus elephants. Now they are knit right into this thick, soft blanket for crib, or use as floor mat at playtime. Large enough to roll around on, 36” X 38” in soft Double Knit. Blanket is knit in two panels with colorful borders added all around.

 

Loom: All-n-One Loom set up for double knit with 1cm spacing

Yarn: Red Heart Essentials #5, 100% acrylic, machine wash and dry. 131 yds per skein. Colors: Greyhound, 8 skeins. Peony Pink and Teal, 2 skeins each. For a lighter Teal, use Turquoise. Scrap of black yarn for eyes

Stitches: Stockinette and Purl (as in single knit)

Notions: Knit hook, crochet hook, large sewing needle, graph of elephant for reference, or just use the written instructions. Optional: If you have (5) plastic sewing needles, they are great for holding the pieces in place for sewing.

Gauge: 3 stitches X 4 rows=1 inch

Size: Approx 36” long X 38” wide

Abbreviations: Approximately= aprox   St (sts)= stitch (stitches)   G=greyhound yarn  P=pink yarn   T=teal yarn   L=left   R=right

TECHNIQUES  

Basic Bind Off

1.  Work from end opposite the yarn tail; use your crochet hook to lift off the first loop on the back peg.

2.  Pick up the first loop on the front peg. Pull the front loop on hook through back loop.

Then, repeat picking up next back peg, then front loop; pull 1 thru 1. Repeat process to the end of the loom. Secure final stitch by pulling yarn tail through last loop on hook. With crochet hook, pull yarn tail into finished knit. Finish off at anchor yarns with this basic or crochet bind off.

Purl Stitch as in Single Knit

This is used in top and bottom border, alternating with Stockinette stitch. After a row of Stockinette stitch is complete, start the Purl stitches on back loom where yarn is connected. Work around, R to L, on each peg, working the purl stitches. You will end at beginning of loom, ready for next row of Stockinette.

1. Place the working yarn in front of the peg, below the loop on the peg. Insert the knit hook thru the loop on the peg from the top down.

2. Reach down to catch the working yarn with the knit hook. Pull the working yarn up through the loop on the peg, forming a new loop.

3. Hold the new loop on your hook. Then pull the loop that is still on the peg up and off the peg.

4. Place the new loop onto the peg. Gently tug on the working yarn to tighten the stitch.

Sewing together…

Start with the 2 pieces that are being sewn, lined up, so you can see the top of edge of each piece. Insert the sewing needle into the edge of one piece. Pick up the cross stitch in center of edge of knit. Pull the needle out and pick up the same cross stitch on other piece of knit

(border and panel). Work along both edges, continuing to pick up the cross yarn and alternating between the pieces. Draw the yarn snug as you move down the edges of the knit. This will pull the edges together without showing the sewing yarn. You do not want to sew the edge stitches, only pull them together for the invisible joining.

Instructions

Main panel: Cast on in Stockinette stitch for (48) sts in (P) yarn.  Lay an anchor yarn.

Row 1: Knit in Stockinette

Row 2: Purl as in single knit. This means to work around the entire loom on all (96) pegs doing single-knit Purl sts.

Repeat rows 1 and 2, 3 times. (6 rows).   Cut yarn with 3” tail.

Tie on (T) yarn and work rows 1 and 2, for a total of 3 times. (6 rows).

This completes the 2- color border on bottom of panel. Cut (T) yarn and tie on (G) yarn.

Work 12 rows in Stockinette st.

Working the Design:  (See blog entry for full instructions on color change.)

 Design (use graph above for guidance, or just follow row instructions):

Row 13:  Weave 14 sts in stockinette in (G). At peg 15, tie on (T) yarn. Lay (G) yarn aside and do not cut. Work 3 sts in (T) yarn, and drag yarn across the next 4 sts. Wrap the next 3 leg stitches and return the circular, carrying across the (G) sts. to cover all sides of the (P) sts, and lay aside. Hook over the (P) stitches. Pick up (G) and wrap all remaining pegs with full circular. Continue the row with (G) yarn on last 24 sts. When you work the return, carry the (G) yarn across the (T) sts. Do not cut either yarn.  (See process below.)

Tie on (T) yarn in center between rows of pegs.  Wrap the number of pegs needed. 

 

Take yarn across the (G) area to next (T) pegs, wrap number of pegs needed.

Pick up (G) yarn and wrap all pegs that are not covered with (T) yarn.

Wrap empty pegs maintaining the Stockinette wrap.  All pegs should be covered for this row. Hook over.

Row 14-15: Repeat row 1.

Row 16-17: Work 13 sts in Stockinette with (G) yarn. Work (P) yarn on next 4 sts , skip next 4 stitches, and wrap the next 3 leg stitches, and return, and hook over. Complete the row with the (G) yarn and hook over all (G) pegs.

Row 18: There will be 3 sections of pink in this row, because you will be starting the elephant’s trunk. Work the (P) sts, and then the (G) sts.

(G) 13 sts, (P)4 sts, (G) 4 sts, (P) 3 sts, (G) 5 sts, (P) 5 sts,(G) last 14 sts. Hook over all.

Starting with row 19, the pink will be dominant section. So start next rows with gray section and cut yarn at beginning of pink section. Tie on (P) and work section. Tie on new (G) yarn, once done with body of elephant. You will not have the (G) yarn going thru the (P) sts. Therefore, you will need to twist the 2 yarns at beginning of each section, so the sections will be continuous.

Row 19: This row will have 2 sections of (P) yarn. (G) 13 sts, (P) 11 sts, (G) 4 sts, (P) 7 sts, (G) 13 sts.

Row 20: This row will have 2 sections of (P) yarn. (G) 13 sts, (P) 12 sts, (G) 2 sts, (P) 9 sts, (G) 12 sts.

Row 21: (G) 9 sts, (P) 1 st, (G) 2 sts, (P) 19 sts, (G) 3 sts, (P) 3 sts, (G) 11

Row 22: (G) 9 sts, (P) 1 st, (G) 2 sts, (P) 19 sts, (G) 4 sts, (P) 2 sts, (G) 11

Row 23: (G) 9 sts, (P) 1 st, (G)1 st, , (P) 21 sts, (G) 3 sts, (P) 3 sts, (G) 10

Row 24: (G) 9sts, (P) 1 st, (G) 1 st, (P) 21 sts, (G) 4 sts, (P) 1 st, (G) 11

Row 25: (G) 9 sts, (P) 23 sts, (G) 16 sts

Row 26: Repeat row 25.

Row 27: (G) 10 sts, (P) 22 sts, (G) 16 sts.

Row 28: (G) 11 sts, (P) 21 sts, (G) 16 sts.

Row 29: (G) 12 sts, (P) 19 sts, (G) 17 sts.

Row 30: (G) 12 sts, (P) 18 sts, (G) 18 sts.

Row 31: (G) 13 sts, (P) 9 sts, (G) 2 sts, (P) 5 sts, (G) 19 sts.

Row 32: (G) 15 sts, (P) 5 sts, (G) 5 sts, (P) 3 sts, (G) 20 sts.

Cut and tie all (P) yarns together. Make sure the (G) yarn is ready to continue at beginning of row 33.

Continue in Stockinette stitch with (G) yarn for 116 rows, unless you want a smaller blanket.

Top Border of blanket

Work these border rows just as you did the bottom border, only start with the (T) yarn. Work rows 1 and 2, 3 times. (6 rows)

Tie off (T) yarn; add (P) yarn. Work rows 1 and 2, 3 times. (6 rows)

Work the basic bind off to remove from loom. Bind off at anchor yarn so that the edges match on both ends.

You will want to add some black yarn for the elephant’s eye, but this can be done later.

Panel 2  (Working the 2nd panel with the (T) Teal Elephant.)

Repeat all instructions for 2nd panel as for 1st panel, only substitute the (T) yarn for the (P) when working the Elephant design.

Borders of stripes are sewn into the blanket in center between the 2 panels, and down each side to give the blanket a wider size and more color.

Border strips (Knit 3)

Cast on 10 sts in Stockinette with (P) yarn. Lay anchor yarn.

Work (6) rows as in the Main Panel, rows 1 and 2.

Tie on the (T) yarn. Work (6) rows as in the Main Panel, rows 1 and 2.

Note: There is no need to cut and tie at all the color changes as the yarn can be carried thru the knit and not show. So lay the (P) yarn aside and carry thru between pegs 2 and 3 as you work the next (T) rows.

All stripes will be worked with Stockinette from this point to top border.

Work (6) rows in Stockinette with (P) yarn.

Work (8) rows in Stockinette with (T) yarn.

Continue working, alternating the colors with (8) rows each. Work a total of (9) sections with (T) yarn. Finish the border with one section of (6) rows in (P) yarn. Then work the (T) and (P) sections again as in Main Panel, rows 1 and 2.

The entire border is (12) sections of (P), and (11) sections of (T).

Once complete, bind off with basic bind off. Your border is a total of 172 rows, which matches the center panels.

Work (2) additional border strips.

Finishing and Sewing your Blanket

Be sure to give each elephant an eye. You can use the scrape of black yarn and sewing needle. Wrap thru to both sides on one stitch, and just tuck the yarn tails into the knit.

Lay the blanket out on bed or floor with the (3) borders in place. When sewing, be sure that the Purl stripes match across the top and bottom of the blanket. You may want to put a few plastic pins in each section before sewing to keep lined up.

Use invisible stitch to sew the sections together. Knot securely at each edge of a seam.

Blocking is not required, but may be done around the elephant designs to give them the best shape.

Your blanket is complete. You have a wonderful play pad for your little one. If a thinner blanket is desired, substitute the #5 yarn for a #4 worsted weight. Total size will be a bit smaller, but the designs will look just as nice.

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  • This is so cute! I adore it! <3

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Jan 22, 2017

Nyahbelle’s Mermaid Tail

Every little girl at some point dreams of being a little mermaid. Let your little one’s imagination come to life with this cozy mermaid tail cocoon.

LOOM:  Knitting loom: 28” with Extenders (168 pegs total) + 6 peg sliders (2).

YARN: Approx 2,000 yards of worsted weight wool blend. Knit Picks Chroma, 70% superwash wool, 30% nylon, 198 yds/100g (10 balls) in Lupine color was used in sample.

NOTIONS:  Cable needle, knitting tool, row counter (optional), cable needle

GAUGE: 9 sts x 13 rnds = 2” in stockinette

SIZE: 48” L x 17  W cocoon; 26” tail length.

ABBREVIATIONS

Approx=approximately
k=knit stitch (note: the true knit stitch is recommended for this project with this type of yarn)
p=purl stitch
CO=Cast on
st(s)=stitch(es)
rnd(s)=round(s)
Rem=remain
st(s)=stitch(es)
cn=cable needle
Back Cross (BCP)=With the working yarn held to the front of the loom, slip 1 stitch to cn and hold towards the center of the loom (peg is now empty), knit the next peg then move this loop to the emptied peg, place the stitch from the cn on the empty peg then proceed to purl it.
Front Cross (FCP)=With the working yarn held to the center of the loom, slip 1 stitch to cn and hold towards the front of the loom between the pegs (peg is now empty), purl the next peg then move this loop to the emptied peg, place the peg from the cn on the empty peg, proceed to knit it.

Basic Hourglass Chart-multiple of 8 sts

INSTRUCTIONS

Set the knitting at 168 pegs, using the peg extenders.

Cast on 168 sts, prepare to work a flat panel.

Row 1, 3, 5, 7, 9: k to end of row.

Row 2, 4, 6, 8, 10: p to end of row.

Row 11: k8, [work Row 1 of Basic Hourglass stitch pattern] 20x, k8.

Row 12: p8, [work Row 2 of Basic Hourglass stitch pattern] 20x, p8

Row 13: k8, [work Row 3 of Basic Hourglass stitch pattern] 20x, k8.

Row 14: p8, [work Row 4 of Basic Hourglass stitch pattern] 20x, p8

Row 15: k8, [work Row 5 of Basic Hourglass stitch pattern] 20x, k8.

Row 16: p8, [work Row 6 of Basic Hourglass stitch pattern] 20x, p8.

Row 17: k8, [work Row 7 of Basic Hourglass stitch pattern] 20x, k8.

Row 18: p8, [work Row 8 of Basic Hourglass stitch pattern] 20x, p8.

Row  19: k8, [work Row 9 of Basic Hourglass stitch pattern] 20x, k8.

Row 20: p8, [work Row 10 of Basic Hourglass stitch pattern] 20x, p8.

Row  21: k8, [work Row 11 of Basic Hourglass stitch pattern] 20x, k8.

Row 22: p8, [work Row 12 of Basic Hourglass stitch pattern] 20x, p8.

Row  23: k8, [work Row 13 of Basic Hourglass stitch pattern] 20x, k8.

Row 24: p8, [work Row 14 of Basic Hourglass stitch pattern] 20x, p8.

Row  25: k8, [work Row 15 of Basic Hourglass stitch pattern] 20x, k8.

Row 26: p8, [work Row 16 of Basic Hourglass stitch pattern] 20x, p8.

Rep Row 11-Row 26: 4 more times.

From this point forward, you will be working in the round. Join to work in the round.

**Next Rnd: work Rnd 1 of Basic Hourglass stitch pattern.

Next Rnd: work Rnd 2 of Basic Hourglass stitch pattern.

Next Rnd: work Rnd 3 of Basic Hourglass stitch pattern.

Next Rnd: work Rnd 4 of Basic Hourglass stitch pattern.

Next Rnd: work Rnd 5 of Basic Hourglass stitch pattern.

Next Rnd: work Rnd 6 of Basic Hourglass stitch pattern.

Next Rnd: work Rnd 7 of Basic Hourglass stitch pattern.

Next Rnd: work Rnd 8 of Basic Hourglass stitch pattern.

Next Rnd: work Rnd 9 of Basic Hourglass stitch pattern.

Next Rnd: work Rnd 10 of Basic Hourglass stitch pattern.

Next Rnd: work Rnd 11 of Basic Hourglass stitch pattern.

Next Rnd: work Rnd 12 of Basic Hourglass stitch pattern.

Next Rnd: work Rnd 13 of Basic Hourglass stitch pattern.

Next Rnd: work Rnd 14 of Basic Hourglass stitch pattern.

Next Rnd: work Rnd 15 of Basic Hourglass stitch pattern.

Next Rnd: work Rnd 16 of Basic Hourglass stitch pattern.**

Rep from ** to ** 12 more times.

Next 4 rnds: *k2, p2; rep from * to end.

Remove all the stitches off the knitting loom onto a piece of contrasting color yarn.

Adjust the knitting loom and set it to 84 pegs using the 6 peg sliders, instead of the extenders.

Place the stitches back on the knitting loom, placing two stitches per peg.

Next rnd: *k2tog, p2tog; rep from * to end. (84 sts).

Basic bind off.

Centering the vertical opening at the cast on edge (created by the first 130 rows), sew the bind off section flat using the mattress stitch.

Weave all ends in.

Fin

(Make 2)

Cast on 84 sts, prepare to work a flat panel

Row 1: k to end.

Row 2: p2tog, p to end.

Rep Row 1 and Row 2 until 20 sts remain.

Bind off with basic bind off method.

Mattress stitch together the two bind off edges.

Assembly

Centering the seam from the first 130 rows (where the opening is at the top of the cocoon), mattress stitch the straight edge of the tail around the cocoon, starting at the midpoint on the back of the tail and continuing to the front then around the back of the tail to the midpoint.

 

 

 

Have questions or comments, please feel free to contact Isela Phelps by leaving a comment below. 

 

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  • I want to say this looks amazing!! I am just having a trouble with the bcp and fcp. I don’t understand “slip stitch to cn” then how the beg becomes empty. Thank you for all your help.

  • You are removing the loop from the peg and putting it on a cable needle.

  • Need a video of this.

  • Is there any way this could be done on the super afghan loom? Just curious. Thank you.

  • Can you do this on the super afghan loom? I don’t have the 28″ knitting loom with extenders. Thank you.

  • Donna, the pattern starts off as a flat panel and then you have to knit it in the round. You could knit it all flat then seam it but as it is written, it was designed to be knitted in the round.

  • Thank you. After reading the pattern I think it would be easier if I just invested in the 28″ loom. I can always use a new one in my collection. I already have 7 different looms you all sell and I use them all. Keep making them and I will keep buying them!

  • I think this is amazing. I have just taken an interest in loom knitting and I am wondering if you can help me with two random questions.

    1. Where can I find that casting tool that is used to cast on? what is it called?
    2. Why do you skip pegs for some patterns and how do you decide which ones to skip?

  • Is there a video of how to do the hourglass stitch from left to right and then right to left? I am confused which part of the cross has the purl stitch. Thank you!

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Oct 10, 2016

Whimsical Loom Knits – Mini Gnome

Whimsical Loom Knits – October 2016

Designed by Jenny Stark

This charming little gnome can be created in an afternoon.  This quick little project is so much fun, you’ll want to make an entire clan of mini gnomes.  Have fun!

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Knitting Loom: KB Sock Loom 2

Yarn: Small amounts of worsted weight yarn in various colors.

Notions: knitting tool, scissors, yarn needle.

Other Materials: 3″ wood peg doll, glue gun and glue, black paint for eyes.

Gauge: Not critical for this project.

 

Instructions

Robe:

Use worsted weight yarn in the color of your choice.  Leave a slightly longer yarn tail and cast on 14 pegs:

Rows 1-10:  E-wrap to end of row.

Bind off using the basic bind off method.  Leave a long yarn tail.  Using the long yarn tail from the bind off, seam the two edges of the panel together, creating a tube.  Weave in the yarn end.  Slip the tube onto the body of one of the wood dolls from the Peg Pair package.  Using the yarn tail from the cast on, gather the neckline of the robe and cinch it snug around the wood doll’s neck.  Weave in the yarn end and set the doll aside for now.

 

Hat:

Use worsted weight yarn in the color of your choice.  Leave a long yarn tail and cast on 12 pegs:

Row 1:  K2, P2 to end of row.

Row 1:  P2, K2 to end of row.

Rows 3-5:  E-wrap to the end of the row.

Row 6:  K2tog, E-wrap to the end of the row.

Repeat row 6 until there are only 2 stitches left on the loom.

Next row:  K2tog.

Fasten off the last stitch remaining on the loom and remove the hat from the loom.  Using the long tail from the cast on, seam the edges of the panel together, forming a pointed hat.  Weave in both yarn ends and set the hat aside for now.

 

Face and Beard:

Dip a pencil in the black paint.  Create eyes: use the pencil to add two dots to the wood doll.

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Cut six 3” lengths of white or gray worsted weight yarn.  Use the glue gun to adhere them to the face, below the eyes.

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Untwist the yarn strands (use the pick tool to help with this, if you like) and trim the beard to the desired length and shape.

 

Hair:

Cut twelve 5” lengths of the same yarn.  Use the glue gun to adhere them to the top of the head.

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Untwist the yarn strands and trim the hair to the desired length and shape.

Place the hat on the doll’s head.

Adorable!

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ps -the little mushroom house shown in the main photo for this pattern was created using a small oatmeal container.  The container was turned upside down and covered in white felt.  A little tan felt door was glued to the front of the container.  The top of a metal brad was used as a door knob for the little door.  The container is topped off with a red yarn cap that was lightly stuffed so the cap would hold its shape better.   Small white circles of felt were glued to the red yarn cap.  Add any other desired decorations and you have a pretty sweet house for your mini gnome 🙂

4 Comments

  • I am so into the Gnome , & seeing this, never thought of knitting one. . Thank You for this Special little Gnome. I Will Absolutely make this for ME , , LOL <3

  • This is so absolutely darling, Jenny!!! 😀 I love this little Gnomey! <3

  • Thank you, Bethany!

  • Thank you Carolyn! I am so glad you like my little gnome. I hope you have fun making one of your very own.

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Sep 25, 2016

Picot-Boo Bonnet

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This sweet baby bonnet is the matching topper for the little pair of booties, Zoey’s Tootsies, released last year.  These were especially designed for my niece, with whom they share a namesake. The bit of picot edging and the contrast colored “peek-a-boo” back, along with the adorable ribbon tie, are what make this little bonnet an heirloom quality accessory!
Zoey’s Toesies: click here to access the coordinating booties pattern~

Items Needed:

Knitting loom: KB 18″ All-n-One Loom

Yarn:  approx. 1 skein each color of Cascade Yarns Fixation: Sock Weight, 100 yards, 98.3% Cotton/ 1.7% Elastic (sample in colors MC: #9907 & CC: Lemon).

Notions: Loom tool, yarn needle, scissors, 26″ length of ribbon or I-cord.  (Also helpful: peg markers, row counter, 4mm crochet hook for cast on and help with possible missed stitches, etc.)

Gauge: 11 stitches and 24 rows= 2″.

Finished bonnet measures 5.5″ in height and depth, and 11″ around face edge.

Skills Needed: True Knit Stitch or U-stitch, Chain CO and/or Half Hitch CO, and Gather BO, Knit 2 Together.

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Little Baby Zoey! 🙂

Pattern Notes:

All knit stitches are either worked as a true knit stitch, or as a U-stitch.

The sample bonnet was knit using an elastic yarn, which makes the end result nice and smooshy.  The thing to be careful of is keeping just a little bit of tension on the yarn throughout the project. This gives the project that perfect amount of stretch…not too little and not too much.  BUT!  make sure to keep the tension consistent throughout the project for a smooth, even knitted fabric.

Abbreviations: 

CO: cast on

HHCO: half hitch cast on

CC: Contrast Color

MC: Main Color

K: knit stitch or U-stitch, as desired

S1: slip one, or skip one

KO: knit off

St(s): stitches

WY: working yarn

k2tog: knit 2 stitches together.

BO: Bind off

 

Pattern Instructions:

Using your CC yarn, CO to 60 pegs to work as a flat panel. (Sample uses chain CO.)

Rows 1-9: S1, k59.

Row 10: K2tog every odd peg starting with peg 3 (Move loop from peg 2 to peg 3, move loop from peg 4 to peg 5, etc, all around loom. To work row, s1, carry WY behind each empty peg, k all pegs with 2 loops 2 over 1.).

Row 11:  S1, then carry yarn in front of each empty peg and k each peg with loops. All pegs will now be filled.

Rows 12-20: S1, k59.

Cut CC.  Pull CO sts back up onto all corresponding pegs. Knit extra loops 2 over 1 on next row.

Row 21:  Using MC, CO to 6 pegs before peg 1, k60, CO to 6 pegs after peg 60. There will now be 72 pegs with loops. (Sample uses chain CO, but HHCO could also be used.)

Rows 22-60: K72.  Cut MC.

Rows 61-66: Using CC k72.  Count down 6 sts (at the beginning of the CC rows) and pull sts back up onto all corresponding pegs and KO.

Rows 67-88: Continuing with CC, k72.

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Gather BO until there is a keyhole opening of 2.5″. Knot the two bottom edges together.

Pin a 26″ ribbon or knit I-cord for tying loosely around baby’s neck along the bottom edge. Fold under 1″ of bottom edge and stitch in place, making sure to not sew through ribbon/I-cord.

Weave in all ends, stretching the fabric as you go, so that the tails will stay hidden.  Trim close to work.

*To contact Bethany Dailey, simply submit a comment at the bottom of this post. 🙂

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Sep 17, 2016

Simple Baby Layette Set

Traditionally, a baby was welcomed into a family with lovely knits from grandma, aunt and older sisters. This lovely layette is a beginner level with simple shaping and basic stitches. 

LOOM:  All-n-One Loom

YARN:  Approx 360 yds of worsted weight yarn.  Knit Picks, The Mighty Stitch (2 skeins) in Mint was used in sample.

 

Pants: Approx 150 yds
Sweater: Approx 155 yds
Hat: Approx 55 yds.

NOTIONS:  Knitting tool, tapestry needle.

OTHER:  Small accent button for sweater

GAUGE: 8sts x 14 rows = 2 inches.

SIZE:  Newborn 

ABBREVIATIONS

Approx=approximately, BBO=Basic Bind off, CO=Cast on, k=knit stitch, k2tog=knit two stitches together, p=purl stitch, rnd(s)=Round(s), st(s)=stitch(es), w&t=wrap and turn

 

HAT

CO 60 sts, prepare to work in the round.

Rnd 1, 3, 5, 7: K to end

Rnd 2, 4, 6, 8: P to end

Rnd 9-40: K to end

Cut a piece of yarn that is 16 inches long. Thread tapestry needle with yarn. Remove the loops from the even numbered pegs. Cut another piece of yarn, 16 inches long, thread through tapestry needle. Remove all the loops from the odd numbered pegs. Gently, cinch the stitches from the even numbered pegs. Tighten with a square knot. Gently, cinch the stitches from the odd numbered pegs. Tighten with a square knot.

Weave ends in.

BABY PANTS

CO 76 sts, prepare to work in the round.

Rnd 1-7: k to end of rnd

Rnd 8: p to end of rnd

Rnd 9-15: k to end of rnd

Rnd 16: p to end of rnd

Rnd 17: k to end of rnd

Rnd 18: p to end of rnd

Rnd 19: k to end of rnd

Rnd 20: p to end of rnd.

Rnd 21-27: k to end of rnd.

Work in short rows for back of pants as follows (similar to a heel):

Short row 1:  k37, w&t peg 38

Short row 2: k from peg 37 to peg 2, w&t peg 1

Short row 3: k from peg 2 to peg 36, w&t peg 37

Short row 4: k from peg 36 to peg 3, w&t peg 2

Short row 5: k from peg 3 to peg 35, w&t peg 36

Short row 6: k from peg 35 to peg 4, w&t peg 3

Short row 7: k from peg 4 to peg 34, w&t peg 35

Short row 8: k from peg 34 to peg 5, w&t peg 4

Short row 9: k from peg 5 to peg 33, w&t peg 34

Short row 10: k from peg 33 to peg 6, w&t peg 5

Short row 11: k from peg 6 to peg 32, w&t peg 33

Short row 12: k from peg 32 to peg 7, w&t peg 6

Short row 13: k from peg 7 to peg 31, w&t peg 32

Short row 14: k from peg 31 to peg 8, w&t peg 7

Short row 15: k from peg 8 to peg 30, w&t peg 31

Short row 16: k from peg 30 to peg 9, w&t peg 8

Short row 17: k from peg 9 to peg 29, w&t peg 30

Short row 18: k from peg 29 to peg 10, w&t peg 9

Short row 19: k from peg 10 to peg 28, w&t peg 29

Short row 20: k from peg 28 to peg 11, w&t peg 10

Short row 21: k from peg 11 to peg 27, w&t peg 28

Short row 22: k from peg 27 to peg 12, w&t peg 11

Short row 23: k from peg 12 to peg 26, w&t peg 27

Short row 24: k from peg 26 to peg 13, w&t peg 12

Next rnd:  starting with peg 13, k to end of rnd

Next 20 rnds: k to end of rnd

Next rnd: k17, bo4, k17, k17, bo4, k17

From this point forward, you will be working the legs as flat panels as follows: One leg over the first 34 sts, second leg over the second set of 34 sts.

Leg 1

Next 28 rows: k to end of row

Next row: p to end of row

Next row: k to end of row

Next row: p to end of row

Next row: k to end of row

Next row: p to end of row.

BBO.

Repeat with Leg 2.

BABY SWEATER

CO 68 sts, prepare to work a flat panel

Row 1, 3, 5, 7: k to end

Row 2, 4, 6, 8: p to end

Row 9: k to end

Row 10: p4, k to last 4 sts, p4.

Repeat Row 9 and Row 10: until row 30 is reached (ends on a Row 10).

Divide sweater into three parts, two front panels and back panel as follows: Right side panel: first 17 pegs, back panel: middle 34 pegs, left side panel: remaining 17 pegs.

Working yarn is at peg 1, attach another skein of yarn to peg 18 and peg 52.

*Next row: with yarn coming from peg 1: k17, pu yarn at peg 18: k34, pu yarn at peg 52: k17

Next row: with yarn coming from peg 1: p17, pu yarn at peg 18: p34 , pu yarn at peg 52: p17*

Rep from * to *: 10 more times (20 more rows).

Next row: with yarn coming from peg 1: k17, pu yarn at peg 18: k34, pu yarn at peg 52: k17

Next row: with yarn coming from peg 1: BO 5, p12, pu yarn at peg 18: p34, pu yarn at peg 52: p12, BO 5, cut yarn leaving a 5 inch tail, attach at peg 6*

Next row: k12, k34, k12 (picking up the skein from that specific section)

Next row: p12, k34, p12 (picking up the skein from that specific section)

BBO all three sections.

SLEEVES

(make 2)

CO 34 sts, prepare to work a flat panel.

Row 1: k to end.

Row 2: p to end.

Rep Row 1 and Row 2: 4 more times.

Next 4 rows: k to end.

*Next row: k2, k2tog, k to last 4 sts, k2tog, k2.

Next 3 rows: k to end*.

Rep from * to * until 28 sts rem.

Next 8 rows: k to end.

Next row: p to end.

Next row: k to end.

Rep last two rows: 2 more times.

BBO. 

ASSEMBLY

Block all pieces. Mattress stitch seam the shoulders first: approx 1.5 inches, leaving the rest open for the neck opening.  Mattress stitch

Mattress stitch seam the shoulders first: approx 1.5 inches, leaving the rest open for the neck opening.  Mattress stitch seam the sleeves to armholes. Mattress stitch seam the sleeve.

Secure a small button on the right side corner of the front panel.

Button loop: Using a crochet hook and yarn, crochet a chain (approx 6 chains) to the top corner of the right side front panel.

Weave ends in.

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Sep 11, 2016

Baby Cardigan

Baby Cardigan

Welcoming a baby into this world with lovely hand knits is one of the ways to show the depth of your loved for the new addition to the world. This month of September, we at KB are going to bring you baby knits that you can knit for the precious new bundle.

LOOM:  All-n-One Loom, 81 pegs.

YARN: Approx 210 yards of pure  Merino Superwash worsted weight yarn.  Malabrigo Rios in Teal Feather was used in sample.

NOTIONS:  Knitting tool, tapestry needle, cable needle.

GAUGE: 11 sts x 22 rows= 2 inches in garter stitch

SIZE:  0-3 months.

ABBREVIATIONS


Approx=approximately

k=knit stitch

p=purl stitch

CO=Cast on

BBO=Basic bind off

st(s)=stitch(es)

k2tog=knit two stitches together

CDD=Centered double decrease. Decreasing from 3 stitches down to 1. It is over 3 pegs, pegs are numbered as follows: PEG 3, PEG 2, PEG 1 (Peg 1 is on the right and peg 3 on the left). Move stitch from peg 1 to peg 2. Take working yarn behind peg 1 and peg 2, knit peg 3. Move stitch from peg 3 over to peg 2. Lift bottommost two stitches (loops) up and off the peg. See video.

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YO=Yarn over (ewrap the empty peg, on next row, undo ewrap and place this strand of yarn in front of the peg and treat it as a stitch)

Rep=Repeat

Rem=remain

w&t=Wrap and turn

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INSTRUCTIONS

Set knitting loom to work a flat panel over 81 pegs.

Row 1 should be from right to left.

Row 1, 3, 5, 7: k to end of row.

Row 2, 4, 6: p to end of row.

Row 8: p5, k to last 5 sts, p5.

Row 9: k5, *k1, yo, k3, CDD, k3, yo; rep from * to last 6 sts, k1, k5.

Rep Row 8 and Row 9: 12 more times.

Next row: Rep Row 8.

Next row: k9, CDD, *k7, CDD; rep from * to last 9 sts, k9. (67 sts rem on loom). 

From this point forward, you will work 3 separate panels, two front panels and the back panel: divided as follows: 17 sts, 33 sts, and 17 sts.

Right side panel

With yarn coming from the first peg, work on the first 17 pegs as follows:

Next row: p to end.

Next row: k to end.

Repeat last two rows: 12 more times (total of 24 rows, creating 12 garter stitch ridges).

Next row: k12, w&t.

Next row: p12.

Next row: k9, w&t.

Next row: p9.

BBO.

Back Panel

Place yarn on peg 18, work on next panel from peg 18 to peg 50.

Next row: p33.

Next row: k33. 

Rep last two rows: 14 more times (total of 28 rows, creating 14 garter stitch ridges).

BBO.

Left side panel

Place yarn on peg 81, work this last panel on remaining 17 stitches.

Next row: p to end.

Next row: k to end. 

Rep last two rows: 12 more times (total of 24 rows, creating 12 garter stitch ridges).

Next row: k12, w&t.

Next row: p12.

Next row: k9, w&t.

Next row: p9.

BBO.

sweater-panels

 Sleeves

(make 2)

CO 34 sts, prepare to work a flat panel.

Row 1: k to end.

Row 2: p to end.

Rep Row 1 and Row 2: 4 more times.

Next 4 rows: k to end.

*Next row: k2, k2tog, k to last 4 sts, k2tog, k2.

Next 3 rows: k to end*.

Rep from * to * until 28 sts rem.

Next 8 rows: k  to end.

Next row: p to end.

Next row: k to end.

Rep last two rows: 2 more times.

BBO. 

Wet block all pieces before assembly. To accentuate the peaks of the lace, pin down the peaks when blocking.

ASSEMBLY

button-closureMattress stitch seam the shoulders first: approx 1.5 inches, leaving the rest open for the neck opening.

Mattress stitch the sleeves to armholes. Mattress stitch down the sleeve.

Secure a small button on the right side corner of the front panel.

Button loop: Using a crochet hook and yarn, crochet a chain (approx 6 chains) to the top corner of the right side front panel.

Weave ends in.

 

 

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  • Do you have a breakdown of the CDD?

  • Centered double decrease. Decreasing from 3 stitches down to 1. It is over 3 pegs, pegs are numbered as follows: PEG 3, PEG 2, PEG 1 (Peg 1 is on the right and peg 3 on the left). Move stitch from peg 1 to peg 2. Take working yarn behind peg 1 and peg 2, knit peg 3. Move stitch from peg 3 over to peg 2. Lift bottommost two stitches (loops) up and off the peg.

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Mar 14, 2016

Whimsical Loom Knits – Loom Knit Monkey Hat

Designed by Jenny Stark

Mix a little fun and function with this charming hat.  Worked in a soft, fluffy yarn, this hat will be comfy, warm, and oh so cute!  Loom knit an adorable monkey hat for your favorite little ‘monkey’!

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Knitting Loom: KB Hat Loom Set

Yarn: 3 balls of Bernat Pipsqueak – 1 in Chocolate, 1 in Neapolitan, and 1 in Vanilla.

Scrap of worsted weight yarn for the nostrils and mouth.

Notions: knitting tool, yarn needle, scissors, buttons for eyes ( .5″ diameter), needle and thread (to attach eyes)

Gauge: Not essential for this project.

Size: Youth

Abbreviations:

K = knit stitch

K2tog = knit 2 together (decrease)

M1 = make 1 (increase)

P = purl stitch

Sl = slip

Techniques

Double E-wrap Cast-On:  Wrap the first peg twice.  With the knitting tool, pull the lower wrap past the upper wrap and over the top of the peg.  Repeat this process for each of the remaining pegs.  Cast on is now complete.  Continue on as directed in the pattern.

U-wrap Knit Stitch:  Bring the working yarn in front of the peg to be worked, above the existing stitch on the peg.  Bend the working yarn around the peg, creating a u shaped wrap. Knit the lower stitch over the u wrap.

Slip:  For the purposes of this project, slip simply means to skip the peg.

Make 1:  For the purposes of this project, simply cast on an additional stitch using the double e-wrap cast on method.

K2tog:  Decrease- worked over two pegs.  Move the stitch from the first peg over to the second peg.  Knit both stitches on the second peg together as one.

Gathered Bind Off:  Loosely wrap the working yarn in a circle around all of the pegs that have stitches – two times.  This will ensure that the yarn tail is long enough to complete the bind off.  Cut the working yarn, then unwrap the long yarn tail from around the pegs.  Lay the yarn tail below the stitch on peg 1.  Using the knitting tool, pull the yarn tail up through the stitch.  *Lay the yarn tail below the next stitch.  Using the knitting tool, pull the yarn tail up through the stitch.  Repeat from * for all stitches on the loom.  Once all stitches have been bound, remove the knitting from the loom.  Pull on the yarn tail to cinch the opening closed (unless otherwise directed by the pattern being worked).  Bind off is now complete.

Basic Bind Off:  Knit the first two pegs.  Move the stitch from the second peg over to the first peg.  Knit the lower stitch over the upper stitch.  One stitch has now been bound off. Move the stitch from peg 1 to the empty peg.  This is now peg 1.  Knit the next stitch.  Move the stitch that was just knit over to the first peg.  Knit the lower stitch over the upper stitch.  Continue working in this manner until there is one stitch left. Cut the working yarn, leaving a yarn tail that is at least 4” long.  Wrap the yarn tail around the last peg.  Knit the last stitch over the yarn tail and pull the yarn tail out through the stitch.  Bind off is now complete.

 

Instructions

Set up

Small loom, small gauge (68 pegs)

(2) 25 peg rounded loom pieces

(4) 3 peg connectors

(2) 3 peg rails

Connect the components listed above to create the small size/small gauge loom:

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Hat

(Worked in the round)  With the Neapolitan yarn, cast on 68 stitches using the double e-wrap cast on method.

Rounds 1-12:  K2, P2 to the end of the round.

Switch to the Chocolate yarn.

Rounds 13-40:  E-wrap knit to the end of the round.

Rounds 41-42:  K3, P1 to the end of the round.

Remove the hat from the loom using the gathered bind off method.  Carefully gather the top of  the hat closed and weave in all yarn ends.

 

Ears  (make 2)

With the Chocolate yarn, cast on 5 stitches using the double e-wrap cast on method. (Leave a 6″ yarn end)

Row 1:  Sl 1, K4.

Row 2:  P4, K1.

Row 3:  Sl 1, K3.

Row 4:  P3, K1.

Row 5:  Sl 1, K2.

Row 6:  P2, K1.

Row 7:  Sl 1, K1.

Row 8:  P1, K1.

Repeat rows 1-8 eight times.  Repeat rows 1-2 once more.  Remove the ear from the loom using the basic bind off method.  Leave a 6″ yarn end.

Use the yarn ends to sew an ear to each side of the hat.  (Tip:  Try placing the hat on a Styrofoam head before choosing ear placement.)  Weave in all yarn ends.

 

Muzzle

With the Vanilla yarn, cast on 5 stitches using the double e-wrap cast on method. (Leave a 7″ yarn end)

Row 1:  Sl 1, K4.

Row 2:  M1, P4, K1.

Row 3:  M1, K6.

Row 4:  M1, P6, K1.

Row 5:  M1, K8.

Row 6:  M1, P8, K1.

Row 7:  Sl 1, K9.

Row 8:  Sl 1, P8, K1.

Row 9:  Repeat row 7.

Row 10:  Repeat row 8.

Row 11:  Repeat row 7.

Row 12:  Repeat row 8.

Row 13:  Sl 1, K7, K2tog.

Row 14:  Sl 1, P6, K2tog.

Row 15:  Sl 1, K5, K2tog.

Row 16:  Sl 1, P4, K2tog.

Row 17:  Sl 1, K3, K2tog.

Row 18:  Sl 1, P3, K1.

Remove the muzzle from the loom using the basic bind off method.  Leave a 10″ yarn end.

Use the yarn ends to sew the muzzle in place on the front of the hat, just above the brim.  Weave in all yarn ends.

Using the needle and thread, sew the button eyes in place, just above the muzzle.

Thread the worsted weight yarn into the tyarn needle and add nostrils and a mouth to the muzzle.

 

Pom pom

Using the Chocolate yarn, the Neapolitan yarn, and the Vanilla yarn, all held together as one, create a large pom pom.  (The pom pom in the sample was created by wrapping all 3 strands of yarn around my hand, approximately 30 times.)  Attach the pom pom to the top of the hat and weave in the yarn ends.

Happy Loom Knitting!

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3 Comments

  • For the ears it says “Repeat rows 1-8 eight times.” How many times is the repeat? I’m so confused.

  • nvm I read it again and it says repeat 8 times. Oops – my mistake! Such a cute hat, I think I’ll make one for my niece.

  • I like what you guys are up too. Such clever work and reporting!
    Keep up the great works guys I’ve incorporated you guys to blogroll.

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Nov 9, 2015

Whimsical Loom Knits – Perky Turkey

Perky Turkey

Stuff a different sort of turkey this Thanksgiving season.  This friendly little bird will add a bit of fun to your holiday.

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Knitting Loom: KB Sock Loom 2

Yarn: Worsted weight acrylic yarn in various colors.  Sample used Vanna’s Choice by Lion Brand in Taupe for main color.  Coordinating colors were Cranberry, Colonial Blue, Terracotta, Radiant Yellow, and Fern.

Notions: knitting tool, tapestry needle with large eye, scissors, 7 mm wiggly eyes (2), fiberfill for stuffing, glue gun and hot glue, pins.

Size: About 3” tall (seated)

Gauge: Not essential for this project.

 

Techniques

Drawstring Cast-On:  Step 1: Pass the working yarn in front of peg 1.  Pass the working yarn behind peg 2.  Pass the working yarn in front of peg 3.  Pass the working yarn behind peg 4.  Continue weaving the working yarn in front of and behind the pegs until the working yarn reaches peg 1 again.

Step 2:  Lay the working yarn against peg 1, above the wrap from step 1.  Knit the lower wrap over the top wrap.  Pass the working yarn in front of peg 2.  Lay the working yarn against peg 3, above the wrap from step 1.  Knit the lower wrap over the top wrap.  Pass the working yarn in front of peg 4.  Continue working in this manner until the working yarn reaches peg 1 again.  Cast on is now complete.  Continue on as directed in the pattern.

Double E-wrap Cast-On:  Wrap the first peg twice.  With the knitting tool, pull the lower wrap past the upper wrap and over the top of the peg.  Repeat this process for each of the remaining pegs.  Cast on is now complete.  Continue on as directed in the pattern.

U-wrap Knit Stitch:  Bring the working yarn in front of the peg to be worked, above the existing stitch on the peg.  Bend the working yarn around the peg, creating a u shaped wrap. Knit the lower stitch over the u wrap.

Slip:  For the purposes of this project, slip simply means to skip the peg.

K2tog:  Decrease- worked over two pegs.  Move the stitch from the first peg over to the second peg.  Knit both stitches on the second peg together as one.

Basic Bind Off:  Knit the first two pegs.  Move the stitch from the second peg over to the first peg.  Knit the lower stitch over the upper stitch.  One stitch has now been bound off. Move the stitch from peg 1 to the empty peg.  This is now peg 1.  Knit the next stitch.  Move the stitch that was just knit over to the first peg.  Knit the lower stitch over the upper stitch.  Continue working in this manner until there is one stitch left. Cut the working yarn, leaving a yarn tail that is at least 4” long.  Wrap the yarn tail around the last peg.  Knit the last stitch over the yarn tail and pull the yarn tail out through the stitch.  Bind off is now complete.

Gathered Bind Off:  Loosely wrap the working yarn in a circle around all of the pegs that have stitches – two times.  This will ensure that the yarn tail is long enough to complete the bind off.  Cut the working yarn, then unwrap the long yarn tail from around the pegs.  Lay the yarn tail below the stitch on peg 1.  Using the knitting tool, pull the yarn tail up through the stitch.  *Lay the yarn tail below the next stitch.  Using the knitting tool, pull the yarn tail up through the stitch.  Repeat from * for all stitches on the loom.  Once all stitches have been bound, remove the knitting from the loom.  Pull on the yarn tail to cinch the opening closed (unless otherwise directed by the pattern being worked).  Bind off is now complete.

 

Instructions

Body 

With the taupe yarn, cast on 22 stitches using the drawstring cast on method.

Rounds 1-20: U-wrap knit to the end of the round.

Round 21:  K2tog, K3, K2tog, K4, K2tog, K3, K2tog, K4.  Move stitches around as needed so that there are no empty pegs.  Slide the adjustable peg rail in so that it lines up with the rest of the knitting.  There should now be a total of 18 stitches in the round.

Round 22:  U-wrap knit to the end of the round.

Round 23:  K2tog, K2, K2tog, K3, K2tog, K2, K2tog, K3.  Move stitches around as needed so that there are no empty pegs.  Slide the adjustable peg rail in so that it lines up with the rest of the knitting.  There should now be a total of 14 stitches in the round.

Round 24:  U-wrap knit to the end of the round.

Round 25:  K2tog, K2, K2tog, K2, K2tog, K2, K2tog.  Move stitches around as needed so that there are no empty pegs.  Slide the adjustable peg rail in so that it lines up with the rest of the knitting.  There should now be a total of 10 stitches in the round (5 stitches on the adjustable peg rail and 5 stitches directly across from them at the end of the loom.  There will be no stitches on the side rails of the loom).

Rounds 26-30:  U-wrap knit to the end of the round.

Bind off with the gathered bind off method.  After cinching the bind off end closed, turn body inside out, then firmly stuff body with fiberfill.  Pull the yarn end from the drawstring cast on to cinch the bottom of the body closed.  Weave in the yarn end and set the body aside.

Wings (make 2)

With the taupe yarn, leave a 6” yarn tail and cast on 6 stitches using the double e-wrap cast on method.

Rows 1, 3 & 5:  Sl 1, K5.

Rows 2, 4 & 6:  Sl 1, P4, K1

Row 7:  Sl 1, K3, K2tog.

Row 8:  Sl 1, P2, K2tog.

Row 9:  Sl 1, K1, K2tog.

Row 10:  Sl 1, K2tog.

Row 11:  K2tog.

Bind off the last stitch.  Weave in the yarn tail at the top of the wing.  Set aside.

Legs (make 2)

With the taupe yarn, leave a 6” yarn tail and cast on 4 stitches using the double e-wrap cast on method.  Working yarn will be at peg 4.  *Pass the working yarn behind pegs 3, 2, and 1.  Knit pegs 1-4.  Repeat from * eleven times.  Switch to the terracotta yarn.  Repeat from * twice more.

Pass the working yarn behind pegs 3, 2, and 1.  ^Knit peg 1 three times.  Move the stitch from peg 1 to peg 2.  Knit the lower stitch on peg 2 over the upper stitch.  Repeat from ^ two times.

Bind off the last stitch.  Gently pull on the knitted piece to elongate the leg and set the stitches in place.  Weave in each of the yarn ends near the foot, but leave the yarn tail at the top of the leg for seaming later.  Set aside.

Feathers (make 5)

With one of the coordinating colors of yarn, leave a 6” yarn tail and cast on 4 stitches using the double e-wrap cast on method.

Odd Rows:  Sl 1, K3.

Even Rows:  Sl 1, P2, K1.

Work the above two rows until 20 rows have been knit.

Row 21:  Sl 1, K1, K2tog.

Row 22:  Sl 1, K2tog.

Row 23:  K2tog.

Bind off the last stitch.  Weave in the yarn tail at the top of the feather.  Set aside.

Beak

With the radiant yellow yarn, leave a 6” yarn tail and cast on 3 stitches using the double e-wrap cast on method.

Rows 1 & 3:  Sl 1, K2.

Rows 2 & 4:  Sl 1, P1, K1

Row 5:  Sl 1, K2tog.

Row 6:  K2tog.

Bind off the last stitch.  Weave in the yarn tail at the top of the beak.  Set aside.

Snood

With the cranberry yarn, cast on 2 stitches using the double e-wrap cast on method.  Working yarn will be at peg 2.  *Pass the working yarn behind peg 1.  Knit peg 1.  Pass the working yarn behind peg 2.  Knit peg 2.  Repeat from * nine times.  Move the stitch from peg 1 over to peg 2.  Knit the lower stitch on peg 2 over the upper stitch.  Bind off the last stitch.  Gently pull on the knitted piece to elongate the snood and set the stitches in place.  Weave in the yarn ends at each end of the snood.  Set aside.

Assembly

Bend the snood into a rainbow shape and pin it to the turkey body, approximately ½ “from the top of the body.

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Using the 6” yarn end from the beak, sew the beak to the body, sewing the snood in place at the same time as the beak.  Remove pin.  Weave in the yarn end from the beak.

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Glue the 7 mm wiggly eyes to the body right above the beak and snood.

Using the 6” yarn end from one of the wings, sew a wing to the side of the body, approximately 1.5” from the top of the body.  Weave in the yarn end.  Repeat this process with the other wing.

Using the 6” yarn end from one of the legs, sew a leg to the bottom of the body, near the front.  Weave in the yarn end.  Repeat this process with the other leg.

Pin the feathers to the turkey’s back, overlapping them slightly.  Once the desired placement is achieved, use the 6” yarn end from each feather to sew each feather in place.  Remove the pins and weave in all remaining yarn ends.

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Happy Thanksgiving!

 

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  • This is filled with gobble gobble goodness! What a terrific turkey…love him! 🙂

  • Soo adorable!!! Just love little animals, this fits right in for the season. Thanks for sharing!

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Nov 6, 2015

Zippy Bon Bon Bonnet

A playful winter hat with tassels to top off the fun! Worked in less than 1 hour with the new Zippy looms and the Zippy Corners.

Knitting Loom: (6) Zippy looms, and Corners.

Yarn: 80 yards of super bulky weight yarn. Malabrigo Rasta in Paris was used in sample.

Notions: knitting tool, tapestry needle

Gauge: 7 sts x 9 = 4 inches in stockinette

Size: Fits head about 21-22 inches in circumference

Abbreviations

K=knit stitch  P=purl stitch  Rnd(s)=Round(s)

 

INSTRUCTIONS

Cast on 28 sts, prepare to work a flat panel.

Row 1-Row 10: Sl1, K2, p2, *k2, p2; rep from * to last 3 sts, k3.

From this point forward, work in the round.

Round 1-2: k to the end of rnd.

Rnd 3, 5, 7: k: k to the end of rnd.

Rnd 4, 6, 8: p to the end of rnd.

Rnd 9-12: k to the end of rnd.

Rnd 13, 15: k to the end of rnd.

Rnd 14, 16: p to the end of rnd.

Remove the stitches off the knitting loom onto a piece of scrap yarn. Remove 2 of the Zippy looms and assemble down to 20 pegs using 4 Zippys and the Corners.

Place the stitches back on the knitting loom as follows:

*On peg 1: place 1 loop. On peg 2: place 2 loops. On peg 3: place 2 loops. On peg 4: place 1 loop. On peg 5: place 1 loop. Rep from * all the way around the knitting loom.

Rnd 17: k to the end of rnd (20 sts).

Rnd 18: p to the end of rnd.

Bind off with gather removal method. Weave ends in. Block lightly.

Tassels: Cut 6 pieces of yarn that are about 40 inches in length each. Grab three of them, and fold them in half. Pass them through the corner stitch at the edge of the hat, so that there is approximately, 20 inches of yarn on each side. Divide them into 3 groups of 2, then braid them. Make a knot at the end of the braid and clip the yarn. Repeat on the other side.

 

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  • Super cute project on a super cute girl 🙂

  • Thank you Jenny :).

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Oct 12, 2015

Whimsical Loom Knits – Kitty Mitts

Kitty Mitts

Fall is here and the air is getting chilly.  These adorable little mitts are a wonderfully fun way to keep a little pair of hands warm.  Break out a pair of Kitty Mitts and watch the smiles come out to play.   

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Materials

Knitting Loom:  2 KB Zippy Looms, connected together (total of 8 pegs)

Yarn:  Lion Brand Wool-Ease Thick & Quick in black (less than 1 skein will be needed)

Notions:  Knitting tool, scissors, yarn needle with large eye, needle and thread, tape measure

7/8” wide sheer ribbon- 2 cuts, each measuring 25” in length, pink yarn or embroidery thread to stitch nose, gray yarn or embroidery thread to use for whiskers, and 4 green LaMode buttons (style # 34555).

Finished Size:  Approximately 7.5” in height by 4” in width.  (Best suited for a child’s hands).

Gauge:  Not essential for this project.

Techniques

Flat Knit Stitch:  Bring the working yarn in front of the peg to be worked, above the existing stitch on the peg, without bending the yarn around the peg.  Knit the lower stitch over the working yarn.

Basic Bind Off:  Knit the first two pegs.  Move the stitch from the second peg over to the first peg.  Knit the lower stitch over the upper stitch.  One stitch has now been bound off. Move the stitch from peg 1 to the empty peg.  This is now peg 1.  Knit the next stitch.  Move the stitch that was just knit over to the first peg.  Knit the lower stitch over the upper stitch.  Continue working in this manner until there is one stitch left. Cut the working yarn, leaving a yarn tail that is at least 4” long.  Wrap the yarn tail around the last peg.  Knit the last stitch over the yarn tail and pull the yarn tail out through the stitch.  Bind off is now complete.

Gathered Bind Off:  Loosely wrap the working yarn in a circle around all of the pegs that have stitches – two times.  This will ensure that the yarn tail is long enough to complete the bind off.  Cut the working yarn, then unwrap the long yarn tail from around the pegs.  Lay the yarn tail below the stitch on peg 1.  Using the knitting tool, pull the yarn tail up through the stitch.  *Lay the yarn tail below the next stitch.  Using the knitting tool, pull the yarn tail up through the stitch.  Repeat from * for all stitches on the loom.  Once all stitches have been bound, remove the knitting from the loom.  Pull on the yarn tail to cinch the opening closed (unless otherwise directed by the pattern being worked).  Bind off is now complete.

Instructions

Panels: (make 4)

Leave a yarn tail measuring 18” long.  Cast on 8 stitches.  Knit 20 rows using the flat knit stitch.  Bind off using the basic bind off method, leaving a 50” yarn tail.  Note:  The bind off end of each panel will be the cuff end of the mitts.  Set panels aside for now.

Thumb: (make 2)

Cast on 6 stitches.  Knit 6 rows using the flat knit stitch.  Cut the yarn, leaving a 14” yarn tail.  Bind off using the gathered removal method.  Seam the side of the thumb closed.

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Weave in both yarn tails and set aside for now.

Assembly:

*Lay one panel on top of another, knit sides facing outward.

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Using the long yarn tail, seam the left side of the mitt closed.

Whip stitch across the top of the mitt, being careful not to gather the top.

Seam down the right side of the mitt, stopping after 3.5” of the side has been seamed closed.  Weave in the yarn tail.

Using the remaining long yarn tail at the bottom of the mitt, seam up the right side of the mitt, stopping after 2”.

Using the same yarn tail, sew the thumb piece to the mitt, setting it into the opening on the right side of the mitt.

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Weave in the yarn tail.

There should be 2 yarn tails left – one in each corner, at the top of the mitt.  Using the tape measure, measure 2” in from the top left corner of the mitt.  Stick a pin or needle in to mark this measurement.

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Thread the yarn tail at this corner into a yarn needle.  Weave the yarn tail down through the inside of the mitt, bringing it back out near the lowest end of the pin or needle that is marking the 2” measurement.

Sew in a diagonal line, just above the marking pin or needle, creating an ‘ear’.  Make sure to pass all the way through the mitt, catching the top and bottom panel as you work.  While working, keep the stitches tight.  This will help to gather this area in a bit and create the desired shape.

Repeat this process on the other side of the mitt, creating a second ‘ear’.  Weave both of these yarn ends in.  Set mitt aside for now.

Repeat from * for the second mitt.

Finishing:

With the needle and thread, sew two buttons to the top of each mitt, slightly lower than the lowest point of the ears.  (If making this item for a young child, embroider the eyes on with yarn or embroidery thread, instead of using buttons.)

With the pink yarn or embroidery thread, stitch a little v below the eyes for a ‘nose’.  Do this for each mitt.

Cut four lengths of gray yarn, each measuring 8” in length.  Take two of the strands of gray yarn and tie them into a stitch on one side of the nose.  (The yarn needle comes in handy here.)  Take the remaining two strands of gray yarn and tie them into a stitch on the other side of the nose.  Trim the whiskers to the desired length.

Thread an end of the ribbon through the eye of the yarn needle.  Using the yarn needle, weave the ribbon through the stitches around the cuff area of a mitt.

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Once the ribbon has been woven through the stitches all the way around the cuff of the mitt, tie the ends into a cute little bow.  Repeat this process for the second mitt.

Wishing you a warm and happy autumn!

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  • So, so, SO very darling….purrrrfect for cozy paws! 🙂

  • Thank you, Bethany!

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Sep 18, 2015

Baby’s First Cocoon and Blanket

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Bunting

Surround baby with a lush warm hug with this bunting. Knit in luxurious soft yarn to provide baby with a soft cocoon to nap for hours.

Knitting Loom: Zippy Loom, 5 Zippys (20 pegs total).

Yarn: Approx 75 yards of super bulky weight yarn. Loops & Threads Chunky Yarn was used in sample (approx. 3 skeins).

Notions: Knitting tool, tapestry needle, blocking wires and blocking pins

Size: Approx. 27 inches long x 19 inches wide.

Gauge: 4 sts x 3 rows= 4 inches in stockinette

Abbreviations

  • k=ewrap knit
  • p=purl stitch
  • CO=Cast on
  • BO=Bind off
  • Rep=Repeat
  • st(s)=Stitch(es)
  • rem=remain

Notes: Pattern is worked with the ewrap stitch and the purl stitch. Worked from top to bottom.

INSTRUCTIONSbunting_babyvertical

Cast on 20 stitches (from right to left).

Row 1: p to the end of row.

Row 2: k to the end of row.

Repeat Rows 1 and 2: 3 more times (4 garter stitch ridges).

Next row: Place a stitch marker at the first stitch (on the stitch itself, not the peg). K to the end of row.

Repeat last Row 17 more times.

Decrease row: Move the stitch from peg 2 to peg 3. Move the stitch from peg 1 to peg 2. Move the stitch from the peg 19 to peg 18. Move the stitch from peg 20 to peg 19: K to the end of row, treat the pegs with two loops as one loop. (18 sts rem).

Continue decreasing in this manner until 2 sts rem on the loom.

Cut working yarn leaving a 20 inch yarn tail.

Use yarn tail to mattress stitch down the side until you reach the row with the stitch marker.

Weave ends in. Block if necessary.

Blanket

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Baby’s first blanket is a special treasure that stays with baby into toddler years. Blanket is worked in super soft, luxurious yarn that is so soft to the touch and a classic pattern worked from corner to corner.

Knitting Loom: Zippy Loom, 5 Zippys (20 pegs total).

Yarn: Approx 75 yards of super bulky weight yarn. Loops & Threads Chunky yarn was used in sample.

Notions: Knitting tool, tapestry needle, blocking wires and blocking pins

Size: 24 x 24 inches blocked

Gauge: 4 sts x 3 rows= 4 inches in stockinette

Abbreviations

  • k=ewrap knit
  • p=purl stitch
  • CO=Cast on
  • BO=Bind off
  • Rep=Repeat
  • st(s)=Stitch(es)
  • k2tog=knit two stitches together (in this pattern, you will be ewrap knitting the two stitches together)
  • p2tog=purl tow stitches together
  • YO=yarn over (ewrap peg. On following row, undo ewrap and place this piece of yarn in front of the peg).

Notes: Pattern is worked with the ewrap stitch and the purl stitch.

INSTRUCTIONS

Cast on 4 stitches, from right to left.

Row 1: p4 (from left to right)

Row 2: k2, yo, k to the end of row.

Row 3: p2, yo, p to the end of row.

Repeat Rows 2 and 3 until you have 20 stitches on the loom.

Next row: k2, k2tog, yo, k2tog, kto the end of row.

Next row: p2, p2tog, yo, p2tog, p to the end of row.

Repeat last Row until you have 4 stitches on the loom.

BO with basic removal method. Weave ends in. Wet block to measurements.


 

 


 

 

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  • Beautiful
    I am new to loom knitting and have a few questions
    It says to cast on only 4 stitches then do rows 1,2,3
    Then repeat 2and 3 until have 20 stitches
    How do you do that iam confused

  • This is the most darling-est thing ever! <3 I don't think it could get any cuter than this! I'm sure this will be an in-demand set for professional photographers and mommies alike. 🙂

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Sep 14, 2015

Whimsical Loom Knits – Hedgie

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Hedgehogs have been around for millions of years.  These small mammals have sharp quills that they use to defend themselves from predators.  They typically are not affectionate and avoid human interaction.  Because of this, they are not usually ideal pets.  But shake away your disappointment because you can now create a darling little Hedgie of your very own.  Bring on the snuggles – hold the prickles. 

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Materials

Knitting Loom:  Kb Sock Loom 2

Yarn:  MC = Red Heart Stellar in Celestial

CC = Lion Brand Vanna’s Choice in desired color.  Beige and Taupe were used for the samples.

Notions:  Knitting tool, scissors, yarn needle, fiberfill for stuffing, 1 cm pom-pom, 6mm buttons for eyes, needle and thread.

Finished Size:  Approximately 4.5” in height.

Gauge:  Not essential for this project.

Abbreviations:

MC = main color

CC = contrast color

Sl = Slip

K = Knit

K2tog = Knit 2 together

P = Purl

Techniques:

Drawstring Cast-On:  Step 1: Pass the working yarn in front of peg 1.  Pass the working yarn behind peg 2.  Pass the working yarn in front of peg 3.  Pass the working yarn behind peg 4.  Continue weaving the working yarn in front of and behind the pegs until the working yarn reaches peg 1 again.

Step 2:  Lay the working yarn against peg 1, above the wrap from step 1.  Knit the lower wrap over the top wrap.  Pass the working yarn in front of peg 2.  Lay the working yarn against peg 3, above the wrap from step 1.  Knit the lower wrap over the top wrap.  Pass the working yarn in front of peg 4.  Continue working in this manner until the working yarn reaches peg 1 again.  Cast on is now complete.  Continue on as directed in the pattern.

Double E-wrap Cast-On:  Wrap the first peg twice.  With the knitting tool, pull the lower wrap past the upper wrap and over the top of the peg.  Repeat this process for each of the remaining pegs.  Cast on is now complete.  Continue on as directed in the pattern.

E-wrap Knit Stitch:  Bring the working yarn behind the peg to be worked, above the existing stitch on the peg.  Bend the working yarn around the peg, creating an e shaped wrap. Knit the lower stitch over the e wrap.

U-wrap Knit Stitch:  Bring the working yarn in front of the peg to be worked, above the existing stitch on the peg.  Bend the working yarn around the peg, creating a u shaped wrap. Knit the lower stitch over the u wrap.

Slip:  For the purposes of this project, slip simply means to skip the peg.

K2tog:  Decrease- worked over two pegs.  Move the stitch from the first peg over to the second peg.  Knit both stitches on the second peg together as one.

Basic Bind Off:  Knit the first two pegs.  Move the stitch from the second peg over to the first peg.  Knit the lower stitch over the upper stitch.  One stitch has now been bound off. Move the stitch from peg 1 to the empty peg.  This is now peg 1.  Knit the next stitch.  Move the stitch that was just knit over to the first peg.  Knit the lower stitch over the upper stitch.  Continue working in this manner until there is one stitch left. Cut the working yarn, leaving a yarn tail that is at least 4” long.  Wrap the yarn tail around the last peg.  Knit the last stitch over the yarn tail and pull the yarn tail out through the stitch.  Bind off is now complete.

Gathered Bind Off:  Loosely wrap the working yarn in a circle around all of the pegs that have stitches – two times.  This will ensure that the yarn tail is long enough to complete the bind off.  Cut the working yarn, then unwrap the long yarn tail from around the pegs.  Lay the yarn tail below the stitch on peg 1.  Using the knitting tool, pull the yarn tail up through the stitch.  *Lay the yarn tail below the next stitch.  Using the knitting tool, pull the yarn tail up through the stitch.  Repeat from * for all stitches on the loom.  Once all stitches have been bound, remove the knitting from the loom.  Pull on the yarn tail to cinch the opening closed (unless otherwise directed by the pattern being worked).  Bind off is now complete.

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Instructions

Body:

Prepare the loom to work over 24 pegs, in the round.  With MC, cast on 24 stitches using the drawstring cast-on method.  Work 20 rounds using the e-wrap knit stitch.  Bind off using the gathered bind off method.  Turn knitted tube inside out.

Locate the yarn tail from the gathered bind off and gently pull until the opening is cinched closed.  Stuff body firmly, but not so firmly that the stuffing shows through the knitting.  Locate the yarn tail from the drawstring cast on and gently pull until the opening is cinched closed.  Weave in both yarn ends.  Set body aside for now.

Face/Snout:

Prepare the loom to work over 18 pegs, in the round.  With CC, leave a 22” yarn tail and cast on 18 stitches using the double e-wrap cast on method.  Work 5 rounds using the u-wrap knit stitch.

Decrease 2 stitches:  Move the stitch on peg 1 to peg 2.  Move the stitch on peg 13 to peg 12.  Move the slider in to line up with peg 2 and peg 12.  Peg 2 is now peg 1 and has 2 stitches on it.  Peg 12 is now peg 11 and has 2 stitches on it.  Knit both stitches on these pegs as if they are one when working the next round.

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Work 4 rounds using the u-wrap knit stitch.

Decrease 2 stitches:   Move the stitch on peg 1 to peg 2.  Move the stitch on peg 11 to peg 10.  Move the slider in to line up with peg 2 and peg 10.  Peg 2 is now peg 1 and has 2 stitches on it.  Peg 10 is now peg 9 and has 2 stitches on it.  Knit both stitches on these pegs as if they are one when working the next round.

Work 4 rounds using the u-wrap knit stitch.  Bind off using the gathered bind off method.

Pull the yarn tail from the gathered bind off until the opening is cinched closed.  Weave the yarn tail in.  Turn knitted piece inside out.  Stuff snout firmly, but not so firmly that the stuffing shows through the knitting.  Using the 22” long yarn tail, sew the snout to the body, slightly lower than the top.

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Weave in the yarn end.  Set aside for now.

Belly:

With CC, leave a 12” yarn tail and cast on 10 stitches using the double e-wrap cast on method.

Rows 1-12:  Sl 1, K9.

Bind off using the basic bind off method.  Place the belly piece on the body, right below the snout, with

purl side facing up.  Using the yarn tails, sew the belly piece in place. Weave in the yarn ends.  Set aside for now.

Limbs (Make 4):

Prepare the loom to work over 10 pegs, in the round.  With CC, leave a 12” yarn tail and cast on 10 stitches using the double e-wrap cast on method.

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Work 8 rounds using the u-wrap knit stitch.  Bind off using the gathered bind off method.

Pull the yarn tail from the gathered bind off until the opening is cinched closed.  Weave the yarn tail in.  Turn knitted piece inside out.

Lightly stuff all 4 of the knitted pieces.  Using the long yarn tail, sew the limbs to the body, as shown below.

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Weave in all yarn tails.  Set aside for now.

Ears (Make 2):

With CC, leave a 6” yarn tail and cast on 5 stitches using the double e-wrap cast on method.

Row 1:  Sl 1, K4.

Row 2: Sl 1, P3, K1.

Row 3:  Sl 1, K2, K2tog.

Row 4:  Sl 1, P1, K2tog.

Bind off using the basic bind off method.  Weave in the yarn tail at the tip of the ear (bind off tail).  Using the yarn tail from the cast on, sew the ears in place, curving the ear a bit as it is stitched in place. Weave in the yarn ends.

Finishing:

With the needle and thread, sew the buttons to the top of the snout, placing them about halfway between the ears and the end of the snout.  (If making this item for a young child, embroider the eyes on with black yarn, instead of using buttons.)

With the needle and thread, sew the mini pom-pom to the end of the snout.  (If preferred, the pom-pom could be glued in place.)

Weave in any remaining yarn tails and threads.

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4 Comments

  • These are adorable but I need a video I have trouble with just the pattern Will there be a video on this PLEASE

  • I absolutely love them! Hedgehogs have always been faves of mine…now I can knit one of my very own, lol! 🙂

  • Thank you, Bethany! I’m glad you like my little Hedgies 🙂

  • Thank you, Ginny! I’m glad you like the Hedgies.

    At this time, there are no plans for a video to go along with this pattern. If you try the pattern, and if you do run into a snag or have questions, I’d be glad to help you out. You can post any questions you have here and I will do what I can to help you out.

    Have a great weekend!

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